Final Phase I Brewster Coastal Resource Management Plan

The Phase I Brewster Coastal Resource Management Plan (BCRMP) is final and available on-line under the Coastal Committee. This Phase I BCRMP is intended to provide vision and policy direction for the future management of Brewster’s Coastal Resources.  In so doing, the BCRMP will assist the Town in meeting the diverse access needs of the community, and adapting to coastal change.  The BCRMP identifies five priority issues and recommended management strategies for implementing these recommendations.  The BCRMP identifies the parties primarily responsible for implementing the each of the recommendations,  a targeted timeframe and likely funding source(s), where applicable.

1. Increase the Resilience of Public Beaches and Landings

  • Provide ongoing monitoring of the coastal system on a regional basis
  • Manage and maintain public access points to increase resilience
  • Proactively address flooding of Brewster’s beaches and landings

2. Preserve Ecosystem Services Provided by Healthy Coastal Wetlands

  • Preserve natural sediment transport processes in balance with erosion management
  • Maintain the elevation of salt marshes and tidal flats

3. Provide Access for Water Dependent Activities

  • Provide opportunities for commercial aquaculture
  • Provide opportunities for commercial shellfish harvesting
  • Enhance propagation and other activities to support recreational shellfishing
  • Manage competing uses at Town landings and mooring Areas

4. Preserve Peak-Season Access to Public Beaches and Landings

  • Augment peak seasonal parking demand/capacity at beaches and landings: Bike and Pedestrian Access Improvements and Beach Shuttle Pilot Project
  • Enhance access for populations with limited mobility

5. Protect Infrastructure, Visual Access & Sense of Place Threatened by Changing Conditions

  • Minimize and mitigate development impacts in coastal areas
  • Identify opportunities to preserve visual access
  • Protect vulnerable low roads, groundwater, and underground infrastructure